Poppie Nongena

The love for her family held no curfew. Needed no permit. Had no boundaries.

Poppie Nongena
This film tells the story of a South African woman, an Afrikaans speaking Xhosa mother, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of insufferable upheaval in the country. When her husband became too ill to work, she was deemed by the law to be an “illegal” resident in her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay, moving from house to house, applying for permits, applying for extensions, extensions of extensions, and using every means at her disposal to remain with her children. Caught in the cross fire of her children’s needs, her husband’s illness, community anger and repressive laws, she was finally forced to give in just as the 1976 riots for freedom erupted. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Biographical, Drama, South African.
Uber driving is such fun!
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Clementine Mosimane, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Nomsa Nene, Chris Gxalaba
Christiaan Olwagen
ScreenplayChristiaan Olwagen, Saartjie Botha. from the novel by Elsa Joubert
CinematographyVicci Turpin
Editing Edit Eva Du Preez
Made in2016

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